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Best Friends Animal Society
August 30, 2011

I have volunteered at Best Friends for the last three years and I could say without any hesitation, these guys are amazing! Not only do they do a wonderful job of taking care of the animals on their sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, they also offer seminars, and lectures for any rescue group looking for information and guidance on how to run their own successful organization. The whole volunteer experience at Best Friends is great! They start you off with an overview (or orientation) of the sanctuary. Then, they have you sign up to work with the animals you would feel most comfortable working with (i.e. dogs, cats, pigs, etc.) You can chose a variety of duties, not limited to cleaning, or feeding, but things like walking, brushing, talking a dog on an "outing" or "sleepover". The staff at Best Friends is incredible. They make you feel like part of the team. It is very comfortable.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several of the dogs we worked with were adopted within a few weeks of our volunteering. This not only is great for the dogs we worked with, but for others in need of a safe place until, they too, can be adopted. Also, I have experienced the transformation of a NYC "puppy store" to an "adoption only" model, saving more homeless dogs around the city and helping to put an end to puppy mills. The feedback from this transformation was, and continues to be incredible!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open up a branch office in every state in the USA. Work to get federal funding and change laws to be in favor of animals. Animals have no voice, and there needs to be better laws that protect them. I believe Best Friends can actually work to make this happen. They have the passion and drive, and with the help of their members, they can bring awareness to the masses.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely had an effect on me. I am more passionate about animal welfare, and I continue to volunteer my time with Best Friends as well as other animal welfare groups. I have made many friends along the way, and I believe it has changed my overall health (I am a lot less stressed because I feel like I am doing good work)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This makes me feel great! Not only am I helping animals, I am helping myself!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Took dogs on outings and sleepovers, cleaned kennels, fed dogs, and socialized puppies. Volunteered to photograph for a Best Friends New York City event .